Ross is to join the London-based firm on Sept. 1 as EVP of non-scripted content. In the role, she will work alongside Kimble to expand the company’s non-scripted slate. She will focus primarily on consultancy and development for producers, as well as distribution, copro and pre-sale strategies.
Most recently, Ross served as VP of formats at NENT Group where she worked with both UK-based and international producers to source and develop formats, including Red Arrow International’s Buying Blind and ITV Studio’s Love Island, for the group’s channels across Europe.
Prior to NENT, Ross was VP of format sales at ITV Studios with responsibility for the international launches of such programs as Come Dine with Me and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She has also held a variety of positions over a 10-year period at ITV, BBC and Channel 5.
“Merrily is one of the leading lights in the international formats business and has the most incredible experience, gleaned from working in major companies and across some of the best known brands in the marketplace,” said Kimble in a statement
“Fugitive is successfully plugging a gap in the market for nimble, 360-degree content support, and has got off to a flying start with wonderful clients and exciting projects,” Ross added.
Kimble launched Fugitive earlier this year with a specific focus on content development, financing and executive production while working closely with writers and producers at the content development stage.
Elsewhere, Fugitive has recently closed two deals to represent new factual content for launch at the MIPCOM market in Cannes this October.
Anchoring the deals is the 8 x 60-minute K9: Police Dog Boot Camp from Critical Content and Cavalry Media, which details police dogs and their handlers working in U.S. police departments. The second deal is with UK indie Outline Productions for an as-yet undisclosed series.